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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Calcium
Calcium & Leg Cramps[posted 11/6/98]
Answer: Occasionally, usually no effect.
Calcium [posted 10/2/98]
Answer: The calcium should have no effect on your gallstones. The calcium in your water will increase your intake;but, not sufficiently to warrant stopping or decreasing the calcium. An accurate test is to measure urinary calcium excretion over 24 hours to adjust your dosage for your dietary intake. Also, you need Vitamin D to use the calcium. You can usually get this with sun exposure, milk or vitamin supplements.
Answer: These can usually be retrieved with local manipulation of a probe in the doctor's office. Larger ones will require surgery. They are caused by a similar process to kidney stones and are relatively common. High fluid intakes, sour foods etc., will decrease the risk in the future.
Answer: Tums is a good source of calcium and often the cheapest milligram for milligram. Price it out; but, calcium carbonate is calcium carbonate. Side effects are limited to formation of renal calculi(stones). If you or your family doesn't form stones, I wouldn't be concerned.